Senga Kodai (New York Mets), nicknamed ‘Ghost Folk’, stepped on the high of 10 wins in the first season of his major league debut. As a Japanese player, it was recorded in history for the 8th time in 7 years.
On the 20th (hereinafter Korean time), Senga started in the 2023 major league away match against the St. Louis Cardinals held at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, and pitched 97 pitches in 7 innings, 2 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, 5 strikeouts and 1 run. (1 ERA) fought back.
Senga, who was born as a ‘training player’ and made numerous records during his days in Nippon Professional Baseball, showed his desire to advance to the major leagues for a long time. However, Senga, who was unable to realize his dream due to opposition from his original team, the Softbank Hawks, prepared conditions for him to step on the major league stage by inserting an ‘opt-out’ clause in the process of signing a renewal contract, and 5 years 75 million ahead of this season. He entered the big leagues after signing a large contract worth 100.7 billion won.
Senga, who stepped on the major league stage, made full use of a forkball that drew a huge drop in his first appearance in his debut and took a proper picture of ‘snow stamp’, earning the nickname ‘ghost fork’ and starting his life in the big leagues. Senga played an active role with an average ERA of 4.15 with 3 wins and 1 loss in 5 appearances in April, and also appeared in 5 games in May, showing excellent performances with 2 wins 2 losses and an average ERA of 2.79, making a successful soft landing.
Despite the Mets spending an astronomical amount in the offseason to reinforce their power, the possibility of advancing to the postseason became slim, so ‘Cyyoung Young Duo’ one-two punch Justin Verlander (Houston Astros) and Max Scherzer (Texas) ahead of the trade deadline on the 2nd. Rangers) and began to reorganize the squad. A situation that is rarely encountered in Japan. But Senga did not waver.
On the 8th against the Chicago Cubs and against the Atlanta Braves on the 14th, Senga recorded two consecutive quality starts (6 players with less than 3 ERA) and ran for 2 individual wins, continuing the good trend until today. As a result, Senga became the 8th Japanese player to win 10 wins in his debut season in 7 years, following Kenta Maeda (now Minnesota Twins) in 2016 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, leaving his name in history.토토사이트
Senga had the misfortune of sending Paul Goldschmidt out in the top of the first inning due to an error by second baseman Jeff McNeil, but ended a scoreless start. In the second inning, he started the inning by giving up a walk to lead batter Tyler O’Neill, but tied up the St. Louis batting line with a double stroke, and in the third inning, he recorded the first three-way strike of the day and continued cruising.
The most regrettable moment in pitching that day was the 4th inning. After striking out leadoff hitter Goldschmidt, Senga faced Nolan Arenado. Here, Senga threw a curveball in the first pitch, which led to a solo home run that went over the fence to his left. However, Senga ended the inning with a double stroke and prevented an additional run, and also scored no runs in the 5th inning.
Senga got on the mound in the 6th inning with strong support from the batting line and blocked St. Louis’ hard hitting line leading to Tommy Edman-Goldschmidt-Arenado. Recorded a start + (less than 3 earned runs in 7 innings). And when the Mets defeated St. Louis 13-2, they stepped on the 10-win high.
And in the process, Senga wrote another record. Senga struck out Arenado in the fourth inning and recorded his 150th strikeout this season, becoming the fifth Japanese player to strike out 150 in a first year, following Hideo Nomo, Yu Darvish (San Diego Padres), Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Maeda. made a name for itself in history.